Monthly Archives: October 2011

Employment Opportunity With IASCD: Wetland Delineator

Wetland Delineator Qualifications and Duties

Basic Qualifications
• Bachelors Degree in a Natural Resource Field

Required Training
• Wetland Delineation: National Food Security Act Onsite Methods. This course is taught by the National Employee Development Staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
• Corps of Engineers Regulatory IV Training
• National Food Security Act Training (Wetland Portions). Taught by the NRCS State Biologist or other approved NRCS Official

Required Job Approval Authority
• Level 3 Job Approval Authority granted by a Designated NRCS Official

• Complete wetland determinations for the Food Security Act, conservation planning and other program activities as requested by NRCS.

Applications will be accepted from October 26th, 2011 until November 9th, 2011. Please send your resume, cover letter, and at least three (3) references to No phone calls or faxes please.


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IASCD Asks Federal Delegation To Not Make Additional Cuts to Conservation Programs

Today the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts sent a letter to Idaho’s federal delegation encouraging them to carefully review any proposal from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that makes additional cuts to vital conservation programs.

They wrote, “The work accomplished by our districts, in partnership with the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is an example of good public policy and good government. This partnership provides useful information about land use change, soil erosion and health, water quality and quantity, and wildlife habitat.

In a day of partisan fighting, we are a unique example of an ideal that is not solely owned by Republicans or Democrats. Natural resource conservation has been embraced by 235 years of Americans who have farmed, ranched and worked the land, or those who have spent a weekend camping by their favorite river. Additional cuts to federal conservation programs will ultimately lead to more federal and state regulations that will prove far too costly to the farmer and to the taxpayer.

You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking here.

The IASCD Board of Directors is encouraging you to contact our federal delegation to share the conservation accomplishes made by your district or you have installed on your land. Please email, fax, or call our Senators and your congressman and encourage them to not make additional cuts to the conservation title!

Senator Mike Crapo: Click here to email. 251 E. Front St., Suite 205 Boise, ID 83702 Phone: (202) 224-6142

Senator Jim Risch: Click here to email. 350 N. 9th St., Suite 302 Boise, Idaho 83702 Phone: 202-224-2752

Congressman Mike Simpson (ID-02): Click here to email. 802 West Bannock, Suite 600, Boise, ID 83702 Phone: 202-225-5531

Congressman Raul Labrador (ID-01): Click here to email. 33 East Broadway Avenue, Suite 251 Meridian, ID 83642 Phone: (202) 225 – 6611

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Thanks to Our Bronze Sponsor!

The Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts wants to thank Lactalis American Group for being a Bronze Sponsor for our upcoming 2011 Annual Business Conference!

Lactalis American Group is the North American division of Groupe Lactalis, the world’s second largest dairy corporation. They are the parent company of Sorrento Lactalis, Lactalis USA, and Mozzarella Fresca, which collectively include some of North America’s most popular cheese brands: Président, Sorrento, Precious, rondelé, and Galbani.  Sorrento Lactalis Inc. has a plant and distribution center in Nampa, ID.

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IASCD Praises Governor Otter’s Appointments to the Soil and Water Commission


October 19, 2011                                                                                                      


Bret Rumbeck

(208) 888-1890 ext. 108           

IASCD Praises Governor Otter’s Appointments to the Soil and Water Commission

New Commissioners Fill Two Critical Vacancies

MERIDIAN, IDAHO – Today, Governor Butch Otter announced his nominations to the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission.  H. Norman Wright of American Falls, ID and Gerald Trebesch of Boise, ID fill the Commission’s two vacant seats.  Wright replaces former Vice-Chair Dwight Horsch, and Trebesch replaces former Chairman Bill Flory.

“These are two great nominations from Governor Otter to serve on the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission,” Randy Purser, President of the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts said.  “Idaho’s soil conservation districts work hand-in-glove with the Commission to conserve Idaho’s natural resources.  The nominations of Mr. Wright and Mr. Trebesch fill two critical vacancies, and the fifty districts will benefit from their leadership.  I am looking forward to working with them.”

Norman Wright has served on the American Falls City Council for the past eight years and is president of the American Falls Lions Club.  He brings extensive experience to the Commission, including involvement with the Soil Conservation Service the Canyon County conservation district, and 33 years with the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (now know as the Farm Service Agency).  Wright’s term expires July 1, 2012.

Gereld Trebesch is a former agricultural banker with extensive statewide experience and has been heavily involved with agricultural lending since obtaining his degree in agricultural business from Montana State University.  He brings a complete understanding of statewide agricultural issues having been based in Rigby, Salmon, St. Maries, Soda Springs, Caldwell, Boise, and Meridian throughout his career.  Trebesch currently lives in Boise and operates a cow-calf operation, as well as stocker and feeder cattle.  Trebesch’s term expires July 1, 2016.

Title 22, Chapter 27 of the Idaho Code identifies Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission as local and state government agencies respectively that are the “…primary entities to provide assistance to private landowners and land users in the conservation, sustainment, improvement and enhancement of Idaho’s natural resources…”  Conservation districts are separate legal entities and subdivisions of state government led by locally elected boards of five or seven supervisors who serve on a volunteer basis.

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The Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts mission is to represent Idaho’s conservation districts as the primary entities to coordinate voluntary, locally led efforts to sustain and enhance Idaho’s natural resources, and strengthen Idaho’s conservation districts and thereby the non-regulatory approach to conservation.  For more information, please visit

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Employment Opportunity With IASCD: National Resource Inventory Data Collectors

National Resource Inventory (NRI) Data Collectors

•Bachelors Degree in field related to Natural Resources
•Two years NRI data collection experience
•Knowledge of cropping systems and rotations in Idaho
•Experience in operating Web Based computer programs
•Basic Excel spreadsheet experience

•Assemble crop histories from the Farm Services Agency (FSA) This may include working with FSA county offices on an individual basis.
•Collect the NRI data for crop years 2009 and 2010 using Web Based software furnished by NRCS
•Edit data as needed after review by NRCS

Applications will be accepted from October 19th, 2011 until November 2, 2011. Please send your resume, cover letter, and at least three (3) references to No phone calls or faxes please.

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Weiser River SCD’s Sixth Grade Conservation Field Day

Sixth graders from all three school districts, Weiser, Midvale and Cambridge, attended the annual educational field day event at Mann Creek Campground in September. Approximately 215 students, teachers and presenters were involved in the event.

The event had six stations for each class to rotate through. These stations mimic some of the stations set up for Envirothon, the largest national environmental competition held. The Weiser River SCD also does a similar event for Weiser’s first grade classes. Cambridge held an Agriculture Safety Day sponsored by Progressive Agriculture Foundation with over 90 kids, 80 volunteers and parents. Stations includes Sun Safety, Electrical Safety, Underground Dig Line, ATV Safety, Fire Safety, PTO knowledge, Tractor/Pinch Point, Water Safety, High Mountain Search and Rescue, and First Aid/First Responders.

The six stations for Conservation Field Day included water quality, wildlife, forestry, soils, fire prevention and entomology (the study of bugs). The students were required to take notes and be prepared to take a quiz.

Article by Vicki Lukehart, Office Manager for the Weiser River Soil Conservation District.

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Screen Grab From the Upcoming IASCD Video

Delwyne Trefz shares his work on a pivot irrigation system.

As you know, the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts began shooting a video to better tell our conservation story here in Idaho. The editing process started a few days ago, and we thought you’d enjoy this great shot of Delwyne Trefz who works for the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission. We interviewed Delwyne at the site of a pivot irrigation system the Owyhee Conservation District. The Owyhee District and Delwyne worked with the land owner to install this pivot line, which has saved tons of sediment from running into Jump Creek.

We’ll be sharing more clips and photos from the video in the next coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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